UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Appointed School Provost
The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School will soon need to begin a search for a new dean. That’s because its current dean, Jim Dean, has been appointed executive vice chancellor and provost for the university, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported last week. Dean, who has served as dean at Kenan-Flagler since 2008, will transition to his new role effective July 1st, at which point he will be Dean Dean no more.
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp and Chancellor-Elect Carol Folt shared news of Dean’s appointment in a May 23rd email to the UNC community. The University’s board voted on the appointment earlier that day.
The sequence of events was set into motion by the decision of the current provost, Bruce Carney, to return to teaching and research. Carney, a professor of physics and astronomy, has served as provost since 2009. Kenan-Flagler has not named an interim replacement dean. BW Bloomberg reports that a national search is expected, but no search committee has yet been formed.
A member of the Kenan-Flagler faculty since 1997, Dean was a professor of leadership and organization and served in several administrative positions before becoming dean of the business school in 2008. As associate dean of the MBA program he led a curriculum redesign, and as dean he launched Kenan-Flagler’s online MBA program, MBA@UNC.